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PTSD could be treated with Craniosacral therapy

according to a research studyPublished on August 21, 2009
Source:American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is impacting people worldwide. In the United States alone, more than five million people will suffer from PTSD this year. There are major emotional, financial, and negative health implications associated with PTSD making it a timely priority.

"Post-traumatic stress is a complex condition that can be difficult to treat with conventional medical and psychotherapeutic methods," explains naturopathic researcher and clinician Dr. Lisa M. Chavez. "Now more than ever, practical, holistic and effective interventions for post-traumatic stress are needed worldwide."

Dr. Chavez's compelling research involving 38 Tibetan ex-political prisoners in exile is just one of many innovative presentations featured at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians convention this month.

All study participants were given three medically recognized surveys including The Harvard Trauma Questionnaire, a W.H.O. Brief Quality of Life survey, and the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25. Participants were divided into two groups: one that received Craniosacral Therapy and another that did not receive the treatment. The majority of the treatment participants were victims of torture who had been imprisoned and suffered severe trauma. Results of the pilot study found that survey scores for anxiety and somatic complaints of the participants who received the Craniosacral Therapy decreased, while the somatic complaint scores of the participants who did not receive therapy actually increased. "The decrease in somatic, anxiety and total scores of the treatment group was statistically significant, with female participants benefiting the most," explained Dr. Chavez.

Craniosacral therapy is based on manually following subtle movements of bone and fascia with focused therapeutic intent. It is considered an alternative therapy involving unconventional concepts such as balance, rhythm, flow, and energy healing. The practitioner gently manipulates the skull and sacrum, which are key components of the central nervous system. No special equipment is used, just the practitioner's hands and their expertise in detecting changes in the movement of energy and fluid in the craniosacral system.

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"I think this therapy works so well for body mind conditions because it induces the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, or as it is commonly called the 'rest and digest' state," explains Dr. Chavez. "This allows the entire body to enter a state of restoration, unlike psychoactive drugs that just dampen the sympathetic response."

Dr. Chavez's research provides hope that this nonverbal, physical medicine can safely and effectively work with the underlying aspects of chronic physical issues that ensue from trauma, including PTSD. "Holistic interventions, like Craniosacral Therapy, work outside the bounds of packaging, culture, language, gender and even mental constraints," says Dr. Chavez. "As we listen with our hands, we can help patients heal their deepest wounds."

The AANP encourages its membership to spearhead innovative research such as the work of Dr. Chavez. The vision of the AANP is to transform the healthcare system from one of disease management to one that is comprehensive and embraces the safe and effective principles and practices of naturopathic medicine.

PTSD could be treated with Craniosacral therapy according to a research study


Association of Reflexologists - January 2016

My 1st Reflexology Treatment and what happened.

My first experience of reflexology Posted on January 21, 2016 by AnnaTheApple
I had heard of reflexology but never actually had any sort of reflexology treatment before. In fact, what I knew about reflexology was quite sketchy. It’s a sort of holistic treatment? A massage? Relaxing? Those were my first thoughts.

When the Association of Reflexologists offered me a free treatment in exchange for an honest review I was intrigued and quite keen. Beforehand they sent over some information of what I was to expect, as really I had no idea. [Aor_Logo_colour Greysale]

Essentially it’s a non-intrusive complementary holistic therapy. It works on different points of the body, from the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears which are believed to correspond with different areas of the body. In a similar vein to acupuncture, reflexologists work these different points to influence the entire body, aiding relaxation and improve well-being.

A lovely lady, Jackie, from Calming Influences came to my flat to give me a 40 minute foot-focused treatment. She came with her own super comfy reclining chair, towels and choice of creams. She had a very calming presence (as you can imagine!) and talked me through what was going to happen. I apologised profusely for my runner’s feet of course [😉]

She gently massaged my feet, while explaining different things to me. She gave me a foot map to have a look at while she worked. I found this fascinating.  [IMG_7739] I found it quite hard to believe that a pressure in my toe could influence something like my hormones or sinuses, but it was interesting and so very relaxing. The massage was divine. I’m used to the hardness and pain of a sports massage so this was just wonderful. She would push on different areas, knead my feet gently and just generally massage them all over.

I’m not a big ‘believer’ in holistic therapies… However, I do believe that our body is a whole and that something from one area of the body can affect an entirely different area (my flat feet for instance can cause my back and knees issues, and studies have shown headaches can be caused by pressures elsewhere in the body, etc.). I’m also a fan of acupuncture and this is very similar. [A0 Reflexology Body & Feet white] Anyway, whether or not I was swayed by the logic or beliefs behind the treatment, it felt amazing. I was so relaxed and my whole body just chilled out. Jackie was fantastic and answered any questions I had and informed me when she found a ‘bumpy’ area which could reflect something else happening in my body. For example, the area reflecting my ears was bumpy, as was the area corresponding to my stomach. I can’t say I have any issues in those areas but it was interesting nonetheless.

I honestly could have fallen asleep but I was keen to stay awake and enjoy the treatment. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Normally I feel very awkward in massages but Jackie made me feel very at ease. After the treatment she encouraged me to drink lots of water through the day and that I might feel a bit ‘funny’. But for the rest of the day I felt great. I’d definitely have it again and I’ve recommended it to my mum who adores foot massages.

Have you ever tried reflexology?

Do you enjoy massages?

How do you relax?

**Full Disclaimer: I received a free reflexology treatment in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own honest ones.**

Anna Smith-James talks about her 1st reflexology treatment 


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